dean NOUN 1) the head of a cathedral chapter. 2) the head of a university faculty or department or of a medical school. 3) a college officer with a disciplinary and advisory role.
DERIVATIVES deanery noun.
ORIGIN Old French deien, from Latin decanus 'chief of a group of ten' .

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  • Deanery — Dean er*y, n.; pl. {Deaneries}. 1. The office or the revenue of a dean. See the Note under {Benefice}, n., 3. [1913 Webster] 2. The residence of a dean. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The territorial jurisdiction of a dean. [1913 Webster] Each… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deanery — [dēn′ər ē] n. pl. deaneries 1. the position, authority, or jurisdiction of a dean 2. the official residence of a dean …   English World dictionary

  • Deanery — For deaneries in the UK National Health Service, see Deanery (NHS). A Deanery (or decanate) is an ecclesiastical entity in both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. A deanery is either the jurisdiction or residence of a Dean.… …   Wikipedia

  • deanery — UK [ˈdiːnərɪ] / US [ˈdɪnərɪ] noun [countable] Word forms deanery : singular deanery plural deaneries 1) the area that the dean of a church has authority over 2) the house of the dean of a church …   English dictionary

  • Deanery — a group of parishes forming a subdivision of an archdeaconry; also referred to as a rural deanery …   Medieval glossary

  • deanery — noun (plural eries) Date: 15th century the office, jurisdiction, or official residence of a clerical dean …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deanery — /dee neuh ree/, n., pl. deaneries. the office, jurisdiction, district, or residence of an ecclesiastical dean. [1250 1300; ME denerie. See DEAN1, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • deanery — noun The position held by a dean. Syn: deanship …   Wiktionary

  • deanery — Synonyms and related words: Dymaxion house, White House, abbacy, adobe house, aedileship, archbishopric, archdeaconry, archiepiscopacy, archiepiscopate, aristocracy, bishopdom, bishopric, building, canonicate, canonry, cardinalship, casa,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Deanery — Engelsk provsti …   Danske encyklopædi

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